Thu, 14 May 2009
The show opened with a sketch featuring the cast of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Ben Stiller announces that Ryan has been injured in a "bikini waxing incident," and that he would introduce the show. The rest of the cast of Night joined Ben in announcing that the original American Idol desk will be added to the Smithsonian's collection.
The show opens in the usual way, and Ryan announces that 88 million votes were phoned and texted in.
There was no group number, due to the time spent at the "Hometown Heroes" events.
The Ford commercial featured the Top 3 signing "Break My Stride," and animated as comic book superheroes. One of the better ones this season.
Ryan announces that as a followup to Carrie Underwood's Idol Gives Back experience, R&B singer Alicia Keys has come to the show with a special announcement. Alicia is the Global Ambassador for the charitable organization Keep a Child Alive. Alicia introduces emerging artist Noah from Rwanda who is pursuing a dream of making an album of music that will raise funds to save children from HIV/AIDS.
Noah sings "I Am the World's Greatest," which he had learned in English just one week ago. Incredible!
After Noah's performance, Alicia announces that texting "Alive" to 90999 will donate $5 to the organization she represents, and charge $5 to a person's cellular phone bill.
Ryan begins the buildup to the results by calling Danny Gokey to the stage.
Danny's Homecoming video montage plays. Danny has the opportunity to reunite with Jamar, his friend who had auditioned along with him, but who ended up being cut in the final stage of Hollywood week. Despite the time away from each other, the bromance is still alive and well.
After the video, Ryan recaps the songs Danny performed and the judges' comments. Danny is sent to the couch to relax, but no results have been announced yet.
Kris Allen is then called to the stage.
Kris' Homecoming video montage plays. Kris has a big family that obviously has a lot of love to share. His father has a hard time keeping in his emotions (you go, Dad!).
After the video, Ryan recaps the songs Kris performed and the judges' comments. Kris is also sent to the couch to relax, and still no results have been revealed.
Jordin Sparks, the winner of American Idol Season 6, performs her new single "Battlefield." Great song; a'ight performance. I'm still glad she--not Blake--won, though.
Ryan calls Adam to the stage. Adam had a "streaker" interrupt one of his performances, and he thought it was bizarre.
Adam's Homecoming video footage plays. He has probably the most unique homecoming, even performing at a Marine base (I'll skip the obvious "...looking for a few good men," jokes...). Adam's public persona is confident, and much more humble than one would think. He is actually overwhelmed by all the attention at one point.
After Adam's video, Ryan recaps his songs and the judges' comments.
After the commercial, things are obviously not ready on the main stage, because Ryan is talking with the contestants to stall for some time. Danny says he just wants to know the results, because the suspense is killing him. Ryan jokes that he has no control over the amount of delay.
Once things are ready, Ryan introduces Katy Perry, who sings her new single "Waking Up in Vegas." Katy has Adam's name embroidered on the back of her Elvis-inspired costume. The song is plenty bizarre, but not unexpected from Katy.
Ryan has the Top Three in center stage, ready to hear the results.
Kris Allen is in the finale.
Adam is in the finale.
This means that
has been eliminated.
Despite this, I believe that Danny will most likely be signed, and given that he has finally broken through some of the walls that seemed to keep him from emerging as an artist, he will likely do very well. Just don't let him dance without some coaching. Maybe if Paula's contract isn't renewed, she will have a ready client...
Next week is the finale, and we will see who America chooses as its next American Idol. There were no previews of what the format for the final show will be. It will definitely be an hour, since Fox will be debuting Glee on that same night (yay!).
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